German based, Turkish artist extraordinaire, Sakir Gökcebag, has taken what we see as conventional items to another level. Playing with shape, movement and 3-dimensional spaces, Gökcebag examines something as simple as a roll of toilet paper. The silhouettes he’s created are remarkable and breathtaking, making one realize the difference between great imagination and brilliant minds.
Happiness is a hot topic. The Dalai Lama has written about it, Oprah capitalized on it, and Eat, Pray, Love tapped into millions of women who felt that perhaps, happiness is found in some exotic country once you’ve reached rock bottom and let your waste line go. There’s no judgement who has the right answer. In fact, to each his own especially on this topic! But as I join the vast group of happiness seekers, I will be tromping off to Stefan Sagmeister’s exhibition “Six Things: Sagemiester & Walsh” at the Jewish museum in NYC where he collaborated with Jessica Walsh to explore and present his findings of HAPPINESS. (exhibition runs through August 4, 2013)
The Christopher Henry Gallery in Soho is currently showcasing 12 paper masters in the exhibition, A Cut Above. The range of work in this collection feels complete with artists who work primarily with cut paper transformed into type, textile patterns, landscapes and sculptures. If you’re in the area or want to indulge in inspiration, this would be worth the stop. If not, here are some of my favorites below. (via Felt & Wire)
“Baudelaire Poem” by Hina Aoyama
Louis Vuitton has launched their newest collection with a flair of Japanese funk/genius with artist, Yayoi Kusama. Everything from the facade of the building to clothes and accessories have been covered with Kusama’s iconographic polka dot print design. If this isn’t enough, you can also see an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Kusama’s Fireflies of the Water until September 30.
I’ve recently been drawn to the idea of stained glass; in particular, how light passes through color and can be completely transformative. Its something we don’t get to see much in the modern world, and a craft that seems to be fading away. I saw this posting of NY artist Tom Fruin who recently did an installation on the Brooklyn skyline in DUMBO and was taken back. Using scraps and salvaged plexiglass and steel, Tom has created a spectacular Watertower sculpture that will also be accompanied by daily light shows starting at dusk. This piece can be viewed from Lower Manhattan, FDR Drive, and the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. You all know what I’ll be doing this weekend! (via design you trust)
Cooper-Hewitt is now showing an exhibition on graphic design with pieces from 2000 and how it has influenced all our visual mediums today – ranging from print, digital and film. Over on Governors Island, its a nice way to see some good design and get a nice ferry ride out of it!